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Certificate of Customs Competency

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 ​​​​​​​Great News!  Our industry leading Certificate of Customs Competency Course is now available via live virtual classroom.   

Delegates can ask questions either live or via chat, full course notes will be provided and the Assessment will also be taken on line with full proctoring to ensure the high standards required of a top industry qualification accredited and certified by CILT.

We look forward to welcoming you to our virtual classroom - book now to ensure your place!

Our Certificate of Customs Competency qualification is Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and includes one year's student membership of the Institute.  CILT will issue the Certificate at the end of the course.

This course is part of the suite of the Morley Consulting CILT Accredited Customs Career Pathway courses which ultimately lead to the Diploma in Practical Trade Compliance.

The programme is taught by an experienced industry professional from a pragmatic and practical view point and is designed to meet the requirements of the EU Customs Competency Framework for the Private Sector.   It aims to give delegates the knowledge and tools needed to fulfil a commercial customs and/or Global Trade Compliance role in any international supply chain efficiently and effectively, making full use of the available customs processes and procedures to obtain the best outcomes for their organisation and customers. 

Uniquely the emphasis is placed on understanding requirements and options, being able to assess whether or not they apply to a given situation and what benefits and drawbacks the use of the different options will produce.  

This allows delegates to use their knowledge in any environment or business sector and in conjunction with any computer system used by their organisation or customers.


This exciting, industry leading customs training course sets the standard for professional competence in commercial operational customs compliance.  This is important as under the EU Union Customs Code (UCC) and UK post Brexit legislation a company’s access to customs simplifications, priority treatment and reduced cost will be based on external risk assessment.

Successful delegates will be able to prove to employers that they have the essential knowledge and skills needed to work in this field without placing their organisations at risk.

Companies having achieved or seeking to achieve AEO(C) or AEO(F) status will be able to demonstrate that their employees engaged in customs work have the level of knowledge expected by the Standard.

This vocational course is designed with business in mind, covering the full range of essential customs knowledge in a concise and targeted manner, keeping time away from the workplace to a minimum.

Delegates are assessed on their knowledge and their ability to apply that knowledge in business situations rather than on their capability to write lengthy essays or memorise legislation.    

The course is kept fully up to date with changes to legislation and the impact of Brexit.
Course Content:

Customs in Action, Practical Compliance:

  • The Control Environment
  • Controls, Audits, Appeals, Tribunals, Penalties, Record Keeping
  • European Union – Intrastats, Export Sales Lists, VAT Return, Place of Supply Rules
  • Third countries – import duty, taxes, duty deferment accounts, guarantees, C79
  • Triangulation, Chain Transactions, Drop Shipping
  • Incoterms®2020
  • Reading and checking a customs entry
  • Customs Procedure Codes (CPC Codes)
  • Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

Customs Tariff Classification:                                     

  • The straightforward ‘how to’ guide
  • The Global Harmonised System (HS)
  • The UK Global Tariff
  • Selecting the correct tariff code
  • General Rules of Interpretation and their application
  • Harmonised System Explanatory Notes (HSENs) etc

Customs Valuation:                                                       

  • Rules for Import & Export
  • The impact of valuation 
  • How to arrive at the correct valuation for the most common shipment types
  • Sales, Repairs, Loans, Gifts, Free of Charge shipments etc.
  • Methods of Valuation and their application
  • How to calculate Import duty and VAT
  • First / Earlier / Prior Sale process
  • How to prepare export invoices to facilitate trade

Origin & Preference:                                                    

  • The impact of origin and preference
  • Calculating Origin
  • Non preferential and Preferential Origin Rules
  • Gaining the benefits
  • Free Trade Agreements including the EU-UK Trade & Co-Operation Agreement
  • EU Registered Exporters Scheme (REX)
  • Managing the paperwork - EUR1 forms, GSP Form A, Certificates of Origin etc.
  • Invoice declarations                                                             

Specialist Customs Procedures / Assessment:         

  • Paying the ‘right’ amount of import duty            
  • Avoiding expensive pitfalls
  • Picking the best procedure
  • Cost / Benefit analysis
  • Opportunities for benefit
  • Scope and use of Special Procedures
  • Application process
  • Authorisations
  • Guarantees
  • Inward Processing Relief (IP)
  • Outward Processing Relief (OP)
  • Temporary Admission (TA)
  • Authorised-Use (End Use)
  • Customs Warehousing
  • Free Zones / Free Ports
  • Returned Goods Relief (RGR)
  • ATA Carnets
  • Merchandise in Baggage

A multi-choice closed book assessment will be undertaken at the end of the final day

Candidates must attend all five days and attain the pass mark of 70% in the assessment to be awarded the Certificate of Customs Competency.  Candidates who do not attain the pass mark can elect to retake or receive a certificate of attendance. 

The programme is suitable for those involved in the use of customs procedures at an operational and/or supervisory/management level.  It is equally applicable to exporters, importers, traders, customs brokers, freight agents, hauliers, warehouse keepers etc. of any size from SME to global corporations.

Currently the programme is offered as live virtual classroom sessions.

It can also be provided as cost effective in-house training on different dates, in different locations depending on delegate numbers (Prices on application).

Knowledge Level: Competent

This is a CILT(UK) Competent Knowledge Level 3 accredited qualification, with the designation of ‘Certified Practitioner’, competency type ‘Operational’ and the Work Place Skillset of ‘Performs with/without Supervision.

CPD Allocation: 28 hours (structured)

Course Fee: 
£1,950 plus VAT 
CILT & IOM members:  £1,765 plus VAT  (please quote membership number when booking)

This course is eligible for free funding assistance from Aspire - The CILT Careers Foundation should you meet their criteria

​​​Course Dates

22nd - 26th Jan 2024              Virtual         £1950.00+VAT

18th - 22nd Mar 2024            Virtual         £1950.00+VAT

9th - 13th Sept 2024              Virtual         £1950.00+VAT

4th - 8th Nov 2024                 Virtual         £1950.00+VAT